Okinawa Gov Hirokazu Nakaima on Sunday leaves for the U.S. where he plans to meet with U.S. government officials.
Nakaima told a news conference in Tokyo that he wants to discuss a review of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) following last week's alleged rape of a woman by two U.S. servicemen, TV Asahi reported.
The governor also plans to protest the deployment of 12 U.S. Osprey aircraft at the U.S. air base in Futenma.
Nakaima has long maintained that the Japanese government does not accurately convey the wishes of local people in Okinawa when it negotiates defense issues with the U.S. government.
During his visit to Washington, which will last until Thursday, Nakaima will meet with low-level Pentagon officials.© Japan Today